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UPDATE: Now for sale! AQ Unveils Revolutionary Sensory Experience Tool.

Autism Queensland is thrilled to introduce an innovative resource poised to transform the way we understand and support sensory experiences for autistic and neurodivergent individuals. Developed in collaboration with a diverse team of researchers and autistic consultants, the My Sensory Experiences Tool (MYSET) represents a groundbreaking approach to sensory exploration and advocacy.


MYSET supports engagement, advocacy, and meaningful participation in daily life.

At the core of MYSET is a profound acknowledgment of the uniqueness and complexity of sensory experiences. MYSET offers a descriptive, qualitative framework that honours the individual’s lived context. By refraining from classifying sensory processing as “poor,” “dysfunctional,” or “atypical,” MYSET fosters understanding, compassion, and advocacy, empowering individuals to articulate their needs and preferences effectively.

This tool revolutionises sensory processing support by embracing a neurodiversity-affirming approach:

  • Recognising individuals as experts in their own experiences.
  • Embracing sensory differences as integral aspects of identity.
  • Acknowledging the role of environment in exacerbating sensory challenges and advocating for environmental modifications.
  • Supporting individuals in developing personalised strategies to overcome barriers.
  • Encouraging self-advocacy for accommodations that enhance well-being.
MYSET can be used in a range of practice contexts including schools, individual therapy, positive behaviour support planning, mental health support planning, supported accommodation, and employment services.

MYSET is more than an assessment; it’s a collaborative journey toward enhanced understanding and support. Through visual card sorting and collaborative development of strategy and support plans, MYSET supports engagement, advocacy, and meaningful participation in daily life.

We envision MYSET as a game-changer for professionals and caregivers alike. Occupational therapists, speech pathologists, psychologists, teachers and other professionals supporting autistic and neurodivergent individuals will find MYSET invaluable in tailoring strategies and support plans. Moreover, caregivers and educators will gain invaluable insights into the sensory experiences of those they support, fostering a more inclusive and supportive environment.

Giving voice to everyday sensory experiences of autistic and other neurodivergent individuals.

MYSET has undergone three cycles of extensive participatory action research involving autistic people with a diversity of communication differences and ages (8 to 54 years), family members, and professional practitioners.

MYSET is suitable for neurodivergent children and adults. Children as young as five years have contributed to the completion of this resource with the support of a parent and a professional practitioner.  People with mild intellectual disability have successfully used MYSET.  Caregiver/educator versions of MYSET are provided to support very young children and people with high support needs.

Available Now on the AQ Online Shop

From the developers of the AWARD WINNING Adolescent/Adult Goal Setting Tool (AAGST)

The authors wish to give thanks to the research project participants who contributed to the evaluation and refinement of this tool. Special thanks must go to contributors with lived-experience of autism whose input helped shape this tool to be meaningful, valuable and inclusive.

Research and Development Team:

  • Dr Jill Ashburner, BOccTHy, PhD
  • Victoria Tomkins, BOccTHy (Hons)
  • Dr Cerys Downing, BSc, BA, MAudSt, PhD
  • Emily Rietberg, BSc (Hons) (Psych)
  • Natasha Bobir, BSc (Hons) (Psych), MClinPsych
  • Dr Jessica Hill, BOccThy (Hons), PhD
  • Courtney Judd, BSc (Hons) (Psych)

Autistic Consultants:

  • Alex Hill
  • Jayden Hill
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